Like every good Southern girl, I had Hoppin John for New Years. The black-eyed peas represent coins and the collard greens represent dollars. A little good luck never hurt anyone, plus I adore black-eyed peas.
I am about to say something that might shock you. As a matter of fact, you should probably sit down.
I made my Hoppin John without a lick of pork. No bacon. No ham hocks. No hambone.
And even though you can’t tell from this blurry, sad photo that I took, it was very good! Seriously did not miss the pork. I am not kidding!
As a faithful food blogger, I try to be on the continuous search for new recipes. So, rather than my tried and true porky goodness recipe, I found one Food52 that intrigued me. Food52 Slow Cooker Hoppin John had no pork, and yet it was delightfully flavorful. I think it was the Old Bay Seasoning. I’ve never used Old Bay in Hoppin John – as a matter of fact, I think I’ve only used it for shrimp boils.
This was so good, there is no reason to limit it to New Years. Go check it out, make it, and let me know what you think!
This will be my entry for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum!